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Do you have a blank wall or two? Can you think of a few people on your holiday list who appreciate art? Do you need change in your decor? Today’s your day!

Make It

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Make a Message Board for your home (or for a lucky friend!) with Pascale from //Between the lines//. You can find instructions for constructing the board in the previous link, and instructions for preparing the fabric in this link.
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This Simple Silk Screening with Kids (or not) Tutorial from Nicole at One Golden Apple makes the process look easy & fun, and the results are fantastic.
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Chasity shows you how to make a Fabric Scrap Collage at belle and burger. She adds that it’s an easy project to adapt to all skill levels.
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Ashley from Make It and Love It created this easy Framed Initial with her computer, scissors, favorite fabric and double-sided fusible web!
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Monica shows you how to turn a salvaged window into a Shadowbox Frame at Crafty Nest.
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Monica from Crafty Nest also has this great Mini Framed Magnetic Board we think you might enjoy.
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We seriously want to drop everything right now and experiment with Thread Sketching on Fabric after reading the tips at clutterpunk. She adds, “…It’s a great way to embellish plain tea towels or serviettes for a quick(ish) project.”

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Fabric Art, Fabric Bulletin Board, Gifts for Organization, Gifts for Artists

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Jennifer’s choice Beth’s choice Lauren’s choice
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Buy It

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We want to frame this Modern Design Deck Print from Jen Renninger and Little Paper Planes today! The print is from an original gouache and acrylic board illustration. Little Paper Planes has a great selection of prints, paper goods, clothing & more so be sure to look around!
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Frame a treasured momento or picture in this Secret Room Locket from Whimsical Treasures.
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These Lavender & Sage Hand Embroideries are presented in free-standing frames, “allowing for the light to pass through the fabric.” Agnieszka sells hand embroidered table linens, hoop framed pieces, ornaments and much more in her Hare and Drum shop.

Mix It

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Bake this traditional Christmas Stollen Recipe from Elyn at e’s joie for Christmas morning.

Print It

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Have we got a treat for you today! Jen Wallace, the writer behind the blog Indie Fixx, created Feed Your Soul to share free art with everyone. Every month new artists contribute art you can then download, print and, well, frame! Visit Feed Your Soul for a huge variety of 2009 prints, including this selection from Angela Vandenbogaard.

Win It

Twaiku contest! (Haiku on Twitter.) Post your original haiku on Twitter this week and include #HH3 (trying to save you a few characters.) The theme? Handmade Holidays, of course! Our 2 favorites win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win this book. The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Amanda Blake Soule

(Shambhala/Trumpeter, $21.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-595-9)

From the Publisher:

For many of us, our home is the center of our life. It is the place where our families meet and mingle, where we share our meals and share our dreams. So much more than just a space to live, our homes offer us a place of comfort, nourishment, and love for us and for our children.

In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family and the blog SouleMama.com, offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. As Amanda writes in the introduction, “As a crafter, I’m always looking for the next thing I want to make. As a mama, I’m always looking for the next thing we need—to do, to have, to use—as a family. The coming together of these parts is where the heart of Handmade Home lies.”

Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. From picnic blankets made out of repurposed bed sheets to curtains made out of vintage handkerchiefs, these projects express the sense of making something new out of something old as a way to live a more financially pared-down and simple life; lessen our impact on the earth; connect to the past and preserve a more traditional way of life; and place value on the work of the hands. Also included are projects that children can help with, allowing them to make their own special contribution to the family home.

More than just a collection of projects for handmade items, this book offers the tools to create a life—and home—full of beauty, integrity, and joy.

From the Make Good Crafts + Life Series

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
15 ~ Celebrate
14 ~ Shop
13 ~ Go
12 ~ Clean & Tidy
11 ~ Pamper
10 ~ Craft
9 ~ Play
8 ~ Deck the Halls
7 ~ Exercise
6 ~ Sit Back & Relax
5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear


We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.